Ohio State University

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Ohio State University is the largest single campus university in the US. It is located in Columbus, Ohio and is a public research university.


Ohio State University was established as a land-grant university in 1870. At that time it was eligible for a grant in accordance with the 1862 Morrill Act and was named Ohio Agriculture and Mechanical College. It was built in a farming community north of the City of Columbus. The university welcomed twenty-four students when it opened its doors.

Governor Rutherford B. Hayes saw that the college had potential to become an institute of higher learning. With that in mind, he influenced the original board of directors and the college's location in that direction. The name of the school was changed to The Ohio State University in 1878.

Ohio State University accepted its first graduate students in 1880. The following year, Moritz College of Law was established. Eventually, the school included colleges of commerce and journalism as well as dentistry and medicine.

The school's development slowed during the 1870s because of hostility from Ohio's agricultural interests as well as competition from Ohio and Miami universities. These problems were finally resolved and Ohio State became Ohio's leading university in 1906. It became a member of the Association of American Universities in 1916.

Main Campus Academics

The Ohio State University is the leading research and teaching institution in Ohio and the US. It ranks second in industry sponsored research and seventh among public universities in research expenditures.

Renowned colleges include:

  • Moritz College of Law
  • Fisher College of Business
  • Glenn School of Public Affairs
  • College of Medicine and Public Health

Majors include:

  • Business Marketing
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences

The Ohio State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Association of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Student Life

More than 50,000 students attend Ohio State University's main campus, which creates a vibrant and diverse life on campus. Students from a number of cultures and all walks of life are in attendance. Because the campus is so close to Columbus' downtown, students have ample opportunities in employment, enrichment and entertainment.

Ohio State has over 60 active fraternities and sororities. Fraternities include:

  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Kappa Sigma

Sororities include:

  • Chi Omega
  • Alpha Sigma Upsilon
  • Kappa Delta
  • Delta Zelta

A longstanding tradition at Ohio State is the Ohio State University Marching Band-the largest percussion and all brass band in the world.

Ohio State University has several media outlets and managed publications, including its official yearbook, The Makio. Since 1881, the school has published a daily newspaper-The Lantern.


The intercollegiate teams of Ohio State University are the Buckeyes. The university's colors are Grey and Scarlett.

Men's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Pistol and Rifle
  • Lacrosse
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Equestrian
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Fencing
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Over the years some outstanding athletes have graduated from Ohio State. They include:

  • Jack Nicklaus - golf
  • Jesse Owens - 1936 Olympic gold medalist in track and field
  • Chic Harley - football
  • Jessica Davenport - basketball
  • Katie Smith - basketball

Seven Heisman Awards have been presented to Ohio State athletes including:

  • Eddie George - 1995
  • Archie Gunn - 1974 and 1975
  • Tony Smith - 2006

Hall of Fame Ohio State coaches include:

  • Fred Taylor - basketball
  • Woody Hayes - football
  • Paul Brown - football
  • Mike Peppe - swimming and diving
  • Larry Snider - track and field

Local Community

There are several points of interest on the main campus of Ohio State University.

  • Orton Geological Library
  • Ohio Stadium
  • The Oval
  • Mirror Lake

Off campus there is much to see and do.

Stone Laboratory

Stone Laboratory was created in a Sandusky fish hatchery by Professor David S. Kellicott. The first students attended in 1900. The Laboratory is now located on Gibraltar Island at Put-in-Bay. The deed was given to Ohio State in 1925 by the descendents of Jay Cooke and the facility was named for his father, Franz Theodore Stone, who was an astronomical researcher and mathematician. The first students were welcomed to Stone Laboratory in 1929.

Thurber House

Thurber House was the home of New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber, and is now a living museum dedicated to his life. The house is furnished as it was during the time that James Thurber lived there with his family between 1913 and 1917. Be sure to visit the Centennial Reading Garden and Thurber Center. The Center is next door to Thurber House and the Reading Garden is set between the two.

Short North

Just a few minutes from Ohio State University campus, is Short North, an urban neighborhood that offers a wide variety of activities that include art galleries, shopping and great restaurants. It is Columbus Ohio's most active playground. Be sure to take in a hockey game at Nationwide Arena or an event at Greater Columbus Convention Center.

German Village

German Village was established in 1841. Each year it celebrates German Village Octoberfest. Shop till you drop or visit a bar or coffee house. Enjoy bratwurst and jumbo cream puffs at Schmidt's Sausage Haus Restaurant. If you enjoy reading, be sure to visit The Book Loft, which was originally a pre-civil war general store and now is a thirty-two room book and music store.

Arena District

If you like to party and are looking for night life, visit the Arena District. Located close to Ohio State's main campus, it is Columbus' night life hotspot.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

If you love land and marine animals, you will love Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. See manatees, sharks, jellyfish, reptiles of all types, wolves, bald eagles. Omnivores, Herbivores and Carnivores from around the world can be seen here.

Whatever your tastes, there is something for you to enjoy in and around Columbus, home to Ohio State University.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the candidates Ohio State University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Ohio State University is around 59,000 students. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 12% enrolling as graduate students and 77% as undergraduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $18,500. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $60 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State Tuition: $9,200-$11,000
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $26,000-$31,800
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $380-$460 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $1,100-$1,300 per credit unit
  • on campus dorms & meals are estimated to cost around $14,000

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid86%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships79%$9,228
Receiving Student Loans42%$7,436

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Ohio State University may provide services including:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

With a high graduation rate of around 83%, Ohio State University is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years59%
Graduating in 5 Years22%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dance Program (more info)
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Coordinated Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Endodontics Program
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Nurse Midwifery Education Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Optometry (O.D.) Program (more info)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Program
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Program
  • Pediatric Dentistry Program
  • Periodontics Program
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
  • Prosthodontics Program
  • Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) Program (more info)
  • Radiation Therapist Program
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program
  • Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Ohio State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Big Ten Conference)
  • Basketball (Big Ten Conference)
  • Track and Field (Big Ten Conference)
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (Big Ten Conference)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rifle
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Other Sports

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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